This test measures Uric Acid levels in the blood. Uric Acid is produced by the breakdown of cells as they grow old and deteriorate. Most uric acid is filtered by the kidneys and removed from the body in urine. If too much uric acid builds up in the blood it can form into crystals in the joints causing a form of arthritis known as gout. Excess uric acid can also cause the development of kidney stones or cause kidney failure. Impaired kidney function can affect the body's ability to properly remove uric acid. Elevated uric acid levels can also be caused by conditions which cause an increase in cell breakdown such as certain types of cancer treatment.
A uric acid test may be ordered when someone has common symptoms of gout such as joint pain, especially in the toes. It may also be used to monitor people who have already been diagnosed with gout to evaluate their risk for developing kidney stones. This test is also ordered to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing radiation treatment or chemotherapy.
Turnaround time for the Uric Acid test is typically 1 business day.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Fasting for 4 hours prior to specimen collection for uric acid testing is preferred.
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